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Dead Bishops Don't Lie by [Baby, André K.]
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"Credible thriller presents a solid case  

Dead Bishops Don't Lie
 By André K. Baby  

Ever since Dan Brown and Harrison Ford popularized Catholic arcana with  their Hollywood fantasies, I've been waiting for someone to pen a  thriller of the genre that doesn't snap the bounds of credibility. In  Dead Bishops Don't Lie, Quebec crown prosecutor turned international  business lawyer André K. Baby spins a readable, believable yarn, even  for jaded readers who have a tough time suspending their disbelief long  enough to finish a novel. 

If you liked the late Steig Larsson's Lispeth Salander trilogy, you'll  appreciate a plot built on the way things work in post-everything  Europe. Two senior Vatican archbishops are murdered, crucified. The  signs point to revenge by ancient heretical sects. As we follow the  investigation by Interpol inspectors Thierry Dulac and Daniel Lescop,  the real reason for the killings emerges with every intriguing twist  and turn. 

What makes Baby's writing so strong and believable is that, as a former  prosecutor, he insists on testing every link in the chain of  evidence. The Interpol investigators must build a watertight case in  order to bulldoze stonewalling politicians, Russian mobsters and  butt-covering superiors. I made the mistake of cracking open the book on a Friday evening. I finished it Sunday at the expense of a briefcase full of work I brought home..."   

Jim Duff, Editor, The Hudson Gazette

About the Author

André K. Baby is a Montreal-born lawyer and author. He’s mined the wealth of his rich legal experience as a Crown prosecutor and international business lawyer to help forge the plot and characters of his thriller, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”. Its stand-alone sequel, “The Jewish Pope”, will be launched in 2013.

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  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BC4F28
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am truly amazed.It was well past Midnight, and sleep was eluding me, so I shopped for a book in a genre that I like. I was intrigued by the title, but had no foreknowledge of the author. But for the price, I took the chance. It is now close to 3am, and I have, of course,not finished the book, but I do not need to do so to write this review. It is absolutely grand. I am a writer of historical fiction, and am an avid reader. My husband and I read together for recreation,since his health precludes much else. We often read a book a day. Our Kindle library is formidable, to say the least. But tonight I selected a book outside of our usual scope of espionage fiction. I was expecting something along the lines of the James Acton books, but this is something more delicious. The writing is fantastic, and the characters are compelling. This is not pulp fiction. What a delight to find a book in which the plot is masterful, the intrigue captivating, and the subtle humor spellbinding.I absolutely love this book.
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Dead Bishops Don't Lie starts off with a gruesome murder and quickly gets underway with a plot that unfolds at breakneck speed in hugely interesting locations. Baby's characters have depth and substance. His heroes are people that we would all like to spend an evening with, and I was cheering (and fearing) for the good guys right from the beginning. His villains, and there are plenty of them, are twisted and believable. The plot is a marvelous story that kept me engaged and caring about what happens next. Fast-paced and intelligently drawn, it kept me turning pages. This is a solid first effort from a writer who is definitely someone to watch. Can't wait for the next installment!
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(3 1/2 Stars)

Retired Canadian lawyer André K. Baby's debut novel, "Dead Bishops Don't Lie" consists of a potpourri of Russian mafia assassins, Moscow's horrendous Lubyanka prison, a tenacious Interpol inspector from France, corrupt Vatican officials, an animal mythologist, a follower of the gnostic text of the Pistis Sophia, political corruption, money laundering and several decoys or red herrings, all making for quite a busy yarn.

The story is jump-started when two Archbishops are gruesomely murdered, one in Switzerland and the other a few days later in Italy. Around the first victim's neck hung a small plaque with the inscription "The Lion is dead,the Dragon is wounded" while the second victim likewise had a similar plaque wrapped around his neck with the inscription "The Ox has fallen, the Dragon is wounded." Found in the second archbishop's correspondence on a desk located in his hotel room where he was staying prior to his murder was a letter that, as we will discover, seems to have originated with followers of Pistis Sophia.

Local police authorities realize they are over their heads and two Interpol inspectors, Thierry Dulac and Daniel Lescop from France take over the case. Little did these two realize that their investigation would lead to astounding ramifications affecting higher up officials in the Vatican as well as the French Government.

The most obvious questions the inspectors pose are what do these inscriptions mean? Are these serial killings with a political-religious agenda? Why were the archbishops crucified? Why was their a ritual cruelty? Why was there a reference to animals? To whom were the messages addressed to? It is here where animal mythologist, Dr.
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Dead Bishops Don't Lie by Andre Baby is really fascinating and the intrigue really well designed with actual facts and questioning.
I read the book in 3 days and could not stop reading pages after pages to find out on the evolution and the outcome.
I look forward in reading the next sequel, "The Jewish Pope" due to come out very soon.
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I must admit that thrillers with a religious scenario are not the sorts of books that I seek out, so DEAD BISHOPS DON'T LIE by André K. Baby would not be a book that I'd normally give a second glance. When offered by the author for review purposes, I did stop and think about it, and there was something about the blurb of the book that appealed. Probably the "caustic investigator" idea - being a declared fan of the less than perfect central protagonist.

Set in the European environments of Switzerland, Italy and Russia, with a touch of the exotic in the Caribbean, the gruesome murders of two archbishops seem to be related by the hidden meaning in the way that the killings were done, as well as the messages left by the murderers. Investigator Thierry Dulac, dry, acerbic, controlled and measured, is put in charge of the international investigation, and in turn he looks to an expert in mythology and symbolism for help in decoding the killer's cryptic messages.

Of course in this sort of thriller, you expect a big conspiracy, and in religious thrillers I doubt there's any more obvious source of that threat than the Vatican, the Code of Silence, and lurking Cardinal's influence. Toss in a bit of Russian past and present menace, a British Marchioness with some out there sexual habits and something that she seems to be hiding, and you're well into the realms of the money, the influence and the power.

Rule number 1 with these sorts of thrillers is that there must be a good sense of pace and action. It's a bonus if you can get some good, believable, realistic characters built into that. It's a bigger bonus if there's a good sense of place and the occasional bit of exotic as well.
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